Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Once again, I am in chaos, a dark and murky jumble, where all is confusion and disorder:  I am beginning a new project. The physical chaos mirrors the mental chaos with which I begin any new project, whether as an illustrator or a writer. As encouragement, I frequently remind myself that in many creation myths, even the Great Creator began with chaos.
I try to trust that I, too, will be able to separate the light from the dark; that I, too, will be able to gather and form and shape disparate elements into an ordered universe. In other words, that I will be able to create another book.


  1. It's hard, isn't it? I am just barely beginning to emerge, after months of confusion. Keep calm and make books. XX

  2. Courage! (prononcé à la française)

    You've come through the chaos before, you'll do it again.

  3. As Nietzsche said, “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” Surely he meant there must be outer chaos, as well!

  4. thank you so much for giving me that quote, which I had not come across before! And the outer chaos, I believe, is simply the metaphor or symbol for the inner chaos. A reflection of what is going on inside.